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N Korea launches long-range rocket in defiance of UN sanctions

North Korea has launched a long-range rocket which it claims is carrying 'a satellite'.

The launch was made in defiance of United Nations sanctions barring Pyongyang from using ballistic missile technology.

The US strongly condemned the event as a "destabilising and provocative action".

An emergency meeting of UN Security Council members is to be held to agree a collective response.

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Russia: N Korea rocket launch a 'blow to regional security'

Russia has condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range missile calling it a serious blow to security in the region

Kim Jong Un watches a long range rocket launch. Image from KRT footage released by Yonhap news agency. Credit: Reuters

"It is obvious that such actions lead to a serious aggravation of the situation on the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia on the whole...(and) inflict serious damage to the security of the countries of the region, first and foremost North Korea itself," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ministry urged the leadership of North Korea to "think about whether a policy of opposing the entire international community meets the interests of the country."

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